History Literature / Holes

11th Jun '17 9:08:23 AM NWolfman
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* UnfortunateImplications: Invoked InUniverse. X-Ray and many of the other campers get angry at Stanley because they think he's another white boy sitting around while the black boy--Zero--does all the work. The reader knows that's not Stanley's intention and Zero was the one to suggest the deal of digging part of Stanley's hole--through the other boys don't. Sadder still, they only learn the truth once Stanley and Zero are confronted by the Warden and Mr. Sir, whom ''they'' tell what's been going on.

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* UnfortunateImplications: Invoked InUniverse. X-Ray and many of the other campers get angry at Stanley because they think he's another white boy sitting around while the black boy--Zero--does all the work. The reader knows that's not Stanley's intention and Zero was the one to suggest the deal of digging part of Stanley's hole--through the other boys don't. Sadder still, they only learn the truth once Stanley and Zero are confronted by the Warden and Mr. Sir, whom ''they'' tell what's been going on. The narrative also briefly mentions that the camp does not have a disproportionate amount of campers of one skin color over another, dissuading the possibility of racial profiling (at least on the camp's part) and implying that the boys are there for at least committing ''a'' crime.
11th Jun '17 8:56:34 AM NWolfman
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* NamedByAdaptation: The Warden is only ever known as such in the book. A brief walky-talky conversation between her and Mr. Pendanski in the movie names her Lou.



* NeverLearnedToRead: Zero, until Stanley teaches him.

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* NeverLearnedToRead: Zero, until Zero. Stanley teaches him.teaching him is a major plot point.
30th Apr '17 7:24:58 PM NWolfman
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* BorrowedCatchphrase: At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Staney prepares to drive away with his family and his grandfather's treasure chest as the Warden, in handcuffs, demands to get a peek of what she believes is rightfully hers. Stanley cooly replies with two words: "Excuse me?"]]
30th Apr '17 7:19:50 PM NWolfman
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* NamesTheSame: All the sons in the Yelnats family are called Stanley because it's Yelnats backwards. During the courtroom scene when the judge tells Stanley Yelnats to stand up, Stanley does, and so do his father and grandfather, because they're both called Stanley (Stanley's grandfather is Stanley II and his father is Stanley III).
23rd Apr '17 8:22:07 PM Kalaong
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* {{Unperson}}: To keep themselves from being held responsible for Zero's [[spoiler:potential death in the desert]], the Warden orders his files deleted from the computer. The task is easier because Zero was a ward of the state with no family. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard But it backfires miserably.]]

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* {{Unperson}}: To keep themselves from being held responsible for Zero's [[spoiler:potential death in the desert]], the Warden orders his files deleted from the computer. The task is easier because Zero was a ward of the state with no family. family, but it backfires miserably - with those records gone, [[spoiler:they can't prove he's an inmate, and have to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard But it backfires miserably.let him go]] instead of [[HostageForMacGuffin trading him for the suitcase]].]]
22nd Apr '17 10:51:46 AM KizunaTallis
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** Mr Sir at the end of the film and stated by him each time. First is when Stanley's lawyer and the Attorney General return.
Second is [[spoiler:when the Attorney General recognizes him and uses his real name, Marion Sevillo.]] The first time you don't see his face when he says it. The second time, you definitely do.

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** Mr Sir at the end of the film and stated by him each time. First is when Stanley's lawyer and the Attorney General return.
return. Second is [[spoiler:when the Attorney General recognizes him and uses his real name, Marion Sevillo.]] The first time you don't see his face when he says it. The second time, you definitely do.
21st Apr '17 6:34:42 PM KizunaTallis
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* AbusiveParents: The Warden had an abusive grandfather, Charles "Trout" Walker, who made her dig holes in the lake to try and find the treasure probably as soon as she was old enough. Even on Christmas. In the film, the Warden has a flashback to herself and her grandfather years earlier digging on the lake, where he shouted at her to keep digging when she told him she was fed up of it.

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* AbusiveParents: The Warden had an abusive grandfather, Charles "Trout" Walker, who made her Walker was this to his children and grandchildren, forcing them to dig holes everyday in the dried lake bed for Kissin' Kate's loot. He wouldn't even let them take a break on their birthdays or on holidays. This treatment is what led to try and find the treasure probably as soon as she was old enough. Even on Christmas. In the film, the [[spoiler:the Warden has (Trout's granddaughter)]] becoming such a flashback to herself bitter and her grandfather years earlier digging on the lake, where he shouted at her to keep digging when she told him she was fed up of it. cynical person.



:: Sometime during the past 3 generations, it changed a little, and in the version Stanley III sang to Stanley IV, the second line went:

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:: ** Sometime during the past 3 generations, it changed a little, and in the version Stanley III sang to Stanley IV, the second line went:



:: The Zeronis, meanwhile, translated it differently, rendering it:

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:: ** The Zeronis, meanwhile, translated it differently, rendering it:



* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Kissin' Kate Barlow becomes one after twenty years of being an outlaw. In the film, after Trout says by the time he's finished with her she'll wish she was dead, [[ThreatBackfire she replies that she has been wishing she was dead for a long time]]. Moments after she says that, a yellow-spotted lizard bites her and she dies.]]

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* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Kissin' Kate Barlow becomes became one after twenty years the murder of being an outlaw. her lover Sam. In the film, after Trout says by the time he's finished with he'll make her she'll wish she was dead, [[ThreatBackfire she replies that she has been wishing she was dead for a long time]]. Moments after she says that, a yellow-spotted lizard bites her and she dies.]]



* TheDogBitesBack: Zero gets fed up of Pendanski continuously insulting him and when Pendanski gives him a shovel, telling him it will be all he will ever be good for, Zero snaps and knocks Pendanski out by whacking him across the face with it.
** Stanley and Zero at the end when Zero reveals the treasure chest [[spoiler:is rightfully Stanley's because it has his name on it (his great-grandfather's name, but because the family always name their sons Stanley, their names are identical)]], preventing the Warden from getting her hands on it.

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* TheDogBitesBack: Zero gets fed up of with Pendanski continuously insulting him and when Pendanski gives him a shovel, telling him it digging will be all he will ever be good for, Zero snaps and knocks whacks Pendanski out by whacking him across the face with it.the shovel, knocking him out.
** Stanley and Zero at the end when Zero reveals the treasure chest [[spoiler:is rightfully Stanley's because it has his name on it (his great-grandfather's name, name acgtually, but because the family always name their sons Stanley, their names are identical)]], preventing the Warden from getting her hands on it.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: None of the bad guys make very good first impressions on the audience; Mr. Sir might as well have "I'M A VILLAIN" (or at least "I'M A JERK") stamped on his forehead, Mr. Pendanski acts all amicable only to throw an insult in Zero's face in the most disgustingly perky tone, and The Warden slashes her own employee in the face with her FemmeFatalons tipped with ''rattlesnake venom''.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: None of the bad guys make very good first impressions on the audience; audience. Mr. Sir might as well have "I'M A VILLAIN" (or at least "I'M A JERK") stamped on his forehead, Mr. Pendanski acts all amicable only to throw an insult in Zero's face in the most disgustingly perky tone, and The Warden slashes her own employee in the face with her FemmeFatalons tipped with ''rattlesnake venom''.



* IfICantHaveYou: Charles "Trout" Walker was already upset for Kate rejecting him, but gets ''very'' furious that she chose a black man.

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* IfICantHaveYou: Charles "Trout" Walker was already upset for Kate rejecting him, but he gets ''very'' ''really'' furious that upon seeing she chose a the black man.onion farmer Sam.



** Mr Sir at the end of the film and stated by him each time.
## When Stanley's lawyer and the Attorney General return.
## [[spoiler:When the Attorney General recognizes him and uses his real name, Marion Sevillo.]] The first time you don't see his face when he says it. The second time, you definitely do.

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** Mr Sir at the end of the film and stated by him each time.
## When
time. First is when Stanley's lawyer and the Attorney General return.
## [[spoiler:When
return.
Second is [[spoiler:when
the Attorney General recognizes him and uses his real name, Marion Sevillo.]] The first time you don't see his face when he says it. The second time, you definitely do.



** Averted with the Warden. Her surname is Walker, but the film reveals her first name is Lou.

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** Averted with the Warden. Her surname is Walker, [[spoiler:Walker]], but the film reveals her first name is Lou.Louise.
16th Apr '17 3:16:06 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* StealthPun: Stanley's assigned group at Green Lake (Tent "D") is sometimes referred to as "D Tent"--which sounds like an abbreviation of "detention".
16th Mar '17 1:53:12 PM BrendanRizzo
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* GodzillaThreshold: Campers are treated so badly at Camp Green Lake that some deliberately get stung by a scorpion or even bitten by a small rattlesnake so that they don't have to dig a hole for the day. [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs (Note that in real life, small rattlesnakes are deadlier than big ones.)]] Averted, however, in that they will ''never'' willingly get bitten by a yellow-spotted lizard, as there is no antivenom, and so anyone bitten by one would surely die.
15th Mar '17 7:05:04 AM axle-k89
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* AllForNothing: [[spoiler:It turns out that the whole purpose of Camp Green Lake is to use the boys to find the treasure faster than if the Warden was doing it herself, as she had done through her childhood thanks to Trout, her abusive grandfather. Stanley finds the treasure chest, finds that it rightfully belongs to his family, and the Warden is left with nothing to show for her efforts, as Stanley refuses to let her look inside it, so all the effort she put into finding the treasure went completely to waste.]] See also ShaggyDogStory.
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